Arcadia Bhutan Travels | Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek
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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek

Itinerary
DAY 01 Arrive - Paro drive to Thimphu

Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan. After reaching Thimphu, we will take some time to check in to hotel, have lunch and then visit the following places:

 

Memorial Chorten
It’s a magnificent Chorten built in a memory of the Third King of Bhutan, the father of modernization/modern Bhutan. It also serves as a place for religious practice for people of all ages. Here you will see mostly elderly citizens walking and talking to each other with prayers beats and prayer wheels in their hand.

Trashi Chhoe Dzong
‘fortress of glorious religion” constructed in 1641 and restored in 1960s. It’s the office of His Majesty the King and the secretariat, and houses two ministries and other offices. The coronation of the present King took place in this fortress in 2008. The Dzong is open for tourist only after 5:00 PM on working days and weekend it is open all day long.

DAY 02 Thimphu sightseeing and Hike

Hike to big Buddha statue
Acclimatization hike, The hike is about 2 hours and it is walk through the nature with blue pine and oak trees and other shrubs, the hike gives you a bird’s eye view of Thimphu valley and the city. And it will be warm-up for your trek, starting next day. Before the hike begins we will visit the Changgangkha Lhakhang: – It’s the home of Buddhist master Lam Nima, son of Phajo Drugom Zhipo. It’s one of the oldest temples in Thimphu, where people around Thimphu visit to seek blessings from the local deity and pay homage too. From the temple we can enjoy the panoramic view of Thimphu city. The hike end at Buddha statue, it is one of the largest statue of sitting Buddha (Made of Bronze glided in gold) in the world at the height of 169” (51 meters) approximately

Simply Bhutan, a living museum
Visit a museum and learn something about Bhutan and its tradition and culture and how it evolved with modern times

DAY 03 Trek Day 1 –
 Thimphu –Genekha (2950m) – Gur (3350m)

Distance 5 km and walking time 4 hours.

We drive to Genekha from Thimphu where our trek begins. Starting at Geynikha 2950m, you trek through alpine flora and fauna for two hours until a gradual uphill walk reveals the beauty of valley below.

Day 04 Trek day 2 Gur – Labatama (4300m)

Distance 12 km and walking time 5 hours.

Starting at Gur, the trek today will go across the ridges. You will see flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). You will see a spectacular view of the Dagala Range, meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch will be served at a nearby a yak herders camp. After lunch we trek for about two cutting accross hills and meadows. In the evening we set camp near Utsho lake that contains plenty of golden trout.

Day-05 Trek Day 3 Explore Labatama

This is a truly a beautiful and peaceful place, we have introduced a one-day halt

DAY 06 Trek Day 4 Labatama – Pankha (4100m)

Distance 8km and walking time 4 hours.

Starting at Labatamba we trek for 20 to 30 minutes uphill before descending down the valley offering fantastic views of the Western Himalayan range inside Bhutan. The trek will take you through meadows, lakes and shrubs. We camp at Panka.

DAY 07 Trek Day 5 Panka (3800m) – Chamgang (2925m) – Punakha (1300)

Distance 8 km and walking time 4 hours

Starting at Panka, today we will be passing through several passes each reveling its own beauty. Lunch will be at a junction, which leads to Wangduephodrang. After lunch, a one hour gradual climb brings you to the last of the Dagala range offering a spectacular view of Thimphu and we drive to punkha.. Punakha used to be the capital of Bhutan until 1950’s; on the way we will pass:

Dochula Pass
It is located approximately 3,140m above sea level and it is a mountain pass to go to Punakha. It’s a breath-taking viewpoint where you can see panoramic view of Himalayan ranges that fall in Bhutan. There are also 108 Chortens (Stupas) built beautifully to mark the spot.

DAY 08 Punakha

Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten
An hours’ hike leads to the chorten. The chorten is dedicated to the King and serves to protect the country and also to bring peace and harmony in the world. You will also have a beautiful view of the valley below

 

Punakha Dzong
(originally known as Punthang Dechen Phodrang: the palace of great happiness/bliss), arguably the most beautiful Dzong in the country. Built in 1637 and the current winter residence of the monastic body.

Chimi Lhakhang/ Temple of fertility
A 15th century temple believed to behold the blessings of fertility. The temple is founded by, the divine madman; popularly known as Drukpa Kuenly, a teacher, who the phallic symbol is associated. It’s a pleasing 20 minutes walk to the temple through local field and village. While passing through the village we will have time to interact with the locals.

Day 09 – Punakha to Paro

It is about four hours drive the same way back where we stared.

After Reaching Paro we shall visit the following places:

Paro Rimpung Dzong
The majestic Dzong sits on a hill overseeing the Pa Chhu (river) it was built as a defense fort and now serves as the central of government and monastic body for Paro.

National Museum
The museum was originally a watchtower and is known as Ta Dzong. Here we will see a large gallery showcasing the collection of masks used in mask dances. We also have other galleries exhibiting items such as Thankas, traditional tools, Natural history etc…

Day 10 Hike to Tiger’s Nest (3150m)

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest Temple): It’s the most sacred monastery in Bhutan built in 16th century by the fourth secular ruler Desi Tenzin Rabgye. It is the most beautiful monastery located in the center of rocky cliff. The Monastery is 900 meters above the parking lot, thus it needs a hike about 2 to 3 hours up hill. It’s the most visited tourist and pilgrimage spot in the country.

Kichu Lhakhang
It is the oldest temple in Bhutan built by famous Tibetan King Song Sen Goenpo in the seventh century. It’s one of the 108 temples believed being built in a single day.

Later evening we will walk around the street of Paro, and check out if there’s anything you’d like to take as souvenir.

Day 11 Departure

We will see you off at the airport and bid farewell to each other.